Huntsville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Former Tennessee Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr.,* known as the "Great Conciliator" of the United States Senate, died at his home here in Huntsville yesterday, June 26, 2014, at the age of 88.
Although he lost in his first attempt for the Senate in 1964, Senator Baker, described by CNN as... "a towering political figure in Washington," won two years later becoming..."the first popularly elected Republican senator from Tennessee in United States history."
A graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Law, Howard Baker was Vice-Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Watergate, Majority Leader 1981-1985, Chief of Staff for President Ronald Reagan 1987-88, and Ambassador to Japan under President George W. Bush.
Universally, Senator Baker was known for his ability to bring lawmakers together to resolve issues which divided them. Today, in an age where discord in Washington seems to be common, a man like Howard Baker would sure be welcome.
Current Tennessee Senator Bob Corker said...
"When I think of the ultimate statesman, the very first person who comes to my mind is Howard Baker."
The Senator was scheduled to appear but his health wouldn't allow it.
HH Baker, Jr. Center
Photo by John White
September 4, 2013
JFK with Congressman HH Baker, Sr.
Photo on Display at
the Baker Center